how the family interacts with the social environment on a grander scale as well as how
the social policies in place affect the family as a whole. Holosko, Dulmus, & Sowers
(2013) stated, “The key challenge is to recognize how the common themes of making
available material and social resources and achieving health and well-being for all
family members are constructed within the global economy and have different meanings
across different contexts.”
When reviewing the Cortez family scenario from the micro level standpoint I can
see multiple strengths. The main strengths are the level of Paula’s resiliency. She has
encountered numerous life changing medical conditions including HIV and Hepatitis C.
She has also been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, yet Paula has been able to
maintain independent living outside of a hospital setting for more than 5 years
(Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2013).
From a mezzo level perspective Paula was
admitted to a skilled nursing facility after experiencing partial paralysis on her right side.